Ritter Center

Rating: 4.86 stars   28 reviews

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Location: PO Box 3517 San Rafael CA 94912 USA

Mission: Ritter Center''s mission is to be a strategic leader partnering with individuals, families, and community to foster self-sufficiency for low-income families and individuals and to end homelessness in Marin County.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000
Geographic areas served: Marin County, CA
Programs: Ritter Center assists more than 4,000 individuals each year with shower and laundry facilities, a food pantry, lockers, restrooms, clothing, primary medical care, financial assistance, private voice-mail, general mail delivery, crisis counseling, and referrals to shelters and other agencies. All services are provided free of charge.
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EIN 94-2675517
415-457-8182
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I worked for Ritter Center for two years and saw first hand how amazing this organization is. They not only provide compassionate care for anyone in need (homeless, low-income families etc.) but do it on a shoestring budget and with limited government funding. I've never seen such a small nonprofit with such a passionate community following! People really LOVED the Ritter House (now Ritter Center). Churches, schools, Elks, Rotarians etc. etc. Everybody was involved in helping this place help people in need!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff and volunteers ran the gamut from ultra successful professionals to clients/former clients who became staff members or volunteers. A great mix!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Ritter House has been in the business of providing social, housing, medical, job training and finding, food, showers, and other support services to the homeless and near homeless people of Marin County. As a public health nurse, I know close-hand of the problems and needs for the less fortunate of our community. One outstanding service, among all the others if the free community health clinic. Health care is provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses. Acute, chronic, and mental health, and drug/alcohol dependency problems are handled with understanding and expertise. The Ritter House Community Health Clinic is the only community health clinic in Marin County that does not charge for visits, prescriptions, or medical testing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing the direct, personal effects of the program on individuals in our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, lay, and client volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take care of local need as well as establish services in other areas through out California.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am involved in local politics and have a broad knowledge of public and privately supported services for the poor, homeless and at risk. I've always admired the breadth of support Ritter Center can provide on minimal funds. We also donate materials, clothing, school supplies and funds to this organization because I trust their integrity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I assume you mean "the kind of staff....." were generous with their time, patient with the clients, and friendly with the donors who drop by to leave supplies.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Start to develop a central facility with greater space dedicated to the services it provides, coordinate better with the providers of medical and food assistance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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11 people found this review helpful

My connection with Ritter Center began with volunteer work and then progressed as a Board Member for eight years, involving every aspect of the operation and services of this highly regarded non profit. Ritter Center truly serves those in real need in the Marin Community, often in ways that are precluded otherwise. With this organization the resources do in fact get to the ground. With a low expense to benefit ratio coupled with substantial volunteer contribution, Ritter Center is certainly an organization that Marin cannot do without.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of staff and volunteers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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11 people found this review helpful

We have been very pleased to support the Ritter Center. They are an exceptionally well run organization that truly makes a huge difference in our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their enthusiasm for their mission

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm caring individuals

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Take a lot more people in transition and bring them into being mainstream, productive individuals in society

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I have worked with the Ritter Center with volunteering for Family to Family, Chairing for Auction items for Art with a Heart and yearly Fundraisers. The Ritter has been a great resource for Marin, centrally located, always generous to those in need of their services. I am proud to be a part of such a well run organization. I can remember the faces of people that recieved Turkeys on Thanksgiving, gifts for their family on Christmas, school supplies for their kids at back to school. Ritter helps people when they need it the most. When people need just a helping hand to get them through a bad financial time in their life. It is a place that provides hope in a time of desperation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing others use the resources available.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it gives hope to those in desperate situations and helps them rise above by providing a security blanket.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

full of kindness and patience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Wow - it could provide unlimited resources to those in need!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Volunteering almost every day for 14 years in the upstairs office I saw all the good work that Ritter House (name at that time) did for countless numbers and kinds of people. Food, Clothing, Medical Help, support in general etc. Under several great Directors Ritter House flourished and became Ritter Center and is still going strong today.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping countless people with food, clothing, medical help and just plain Support!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

our fund-raising appeals were answered by more wealthy people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

My perspective is unique, as I have had the privilege to serve the Ritter Center as a Organizational Development Consultant. Recently, the center contracted my services for the development of its strategic plan in which staff and board collaborated hand by hand. I was delightfully impressed at the commitment and sophistication level of everyone involved in the process (that is, its very forward thinking Executive Director, but also its Board of Directors and Management Staff.) A great example of how not-for-profits can serve well their constituency and the community at large, and not merely themselves! (This is of utmost outstanding difference, particularly when considering the "extremely hard to reach" population the Ritter Center serves: nothing more, and nothing less than the homeless, or almost homeless.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the way I have observed they work as an organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

... observing how their Executive Director walks her talk.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

... committed and sophisticated thinkers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

... do more or what it currently does right.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I'm not sure if I can fit all of the good things about the Ritter House in this one box:) They are by far the most comprehensive and compassionate non-profit organization in Marin. And, perhaps in the whole state of California. Each person who works there does so for the right reasons. They keep showing up day after day- offering a smile, a joke or shoulder to cry on. Thank you all for helping me carve out a better life for myself.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How much my life has changed over the past year!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The longevity and wealth of experience each staff member brings to the org.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They all have unbelievable patience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Rule the entire United States!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at Ritter Center for many years. The dedication and caring of the staff and the volunteers is unparalleled. They provide an amazing safety net for homeless and low income families and individuals by offing a wide variety of services - including counseling and medical care. They also have programs like backpacks and supplies for children going back to school, holiday gift giving, holiday dinner for clients, vouchers for clients to get free clothing at Goodwill, food giveaways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the faces of children receiving a new bike or a new toy for the holidays. Being part of the warmth and love at the annual holiday dinner.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its services and be secure in the knowledge that more people could be helped.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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